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Valentino | In 1959, Valentino Garavani started his own fashions in Italy, after working for many years with Desss and Laroche. One of his most famous collections is the "Collection blanche" which debuted in 1967 and it was notable for its elegant white clothing ornamented with his v-shaped insignia. Although Valentino has been established since the 60's, his haute couture designs were introduced in 1990. His red dresses and "V" logo are legendary. Now find his trademark elegance and style online. Valentino is a fashion house created by Valentino Garavani. It is among the most famous Italian fashion houses. Garavani became interested in fashion while in high school, during which time he studied under Vogherese designer Ernestina Salvadeo (an aunt of noted artist Aldo Giorgini) and at age 17 he moved to Paris to pursue this interest. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He first found apprentice jobs, with Jean Desses where he used to help Jacqueline de Ribes sketch her dress ideas. Then he joined Guy Laroche for 2 years. He moved to Rome in the beginning of the 1960s and started his own fashion house At the end of the 1960s Valentino meets Giancarlo Giammetti, an architecture student who abandons the university to become his business partner. Giammetti's entrepreneurial genius will prove fundamental to the worldwide expansion and success of the House. Valentino's international debut took place in 1962 in Florence, the Italian fashion capital of the time. His first show at the Pitti Palace was welcomed as a true revelation and the young couturier was submerged by orders from foreign buyers and enthusiastic comments on the press. In 1967, he premiered the Valentino White Collection, which became famous for the "V" logo he designed. He designed the white dress that Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her wedding with Aristotle Onassis. Throughout the 1970s Valentino spent considerable time in New York City where his presence was embraced by social personalities such as Diana Vreeland and art identities such as Andy Warhol . He currently designs menswear and womenswear and has his own perfume and make-up line. Valentino's expansion continues with a chain of boutiques in the USA and Japan. 1989 marked the opening of the Academia Valentino, a cultural space located near his atelier in Rome, for the presentation of art exhbitions. The next year, encouraged by their friend Elizabeth Taylor, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti create L.I.F.E., association for the support of AIDS-related patients, which benefits from the activities of the Accademia Valentino. In 1998 Valentino and his partner Giancarlo Giammetti sold their empire to the Marzotto Group, but Valentino is still designing all the collections and his clothes can be seen on the most sophisticated and elegant women in the world, from Nicole Kidman to Gwyneth Paltrow to Halle Berry, without forgetting many royal princesses such as Maxima of the Netherlands, Mette Merit of Norway and Marie Chantal of Greece. Oprah has also covered how he creates his Haute Couture clothing in one of her shows in 2005. She also wrote a page in her magazine, O, expressing how she had admired his clothing long before she could afford it. In 2006, he appeared as himself in the film version of The Devil Wears Prada, for which he had designed a gown for Meryl Streep. President Chirac of France awarded him the prestigious Legion d'Honneur that July.
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